Chris Lynn’s IPL campaign appears in serious doubt after the Queensland and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman suffered shoulder injury while diving in the bid to take a catch against Mumbai Indians on Sunday night.
In what is the third injury to the same shoulder in less than two years, Lynn clutched the joint in obvious pain after attempting to claim an outfield catch to dismiss Jos Buttler. He was attended by Knight Riders’ physio Andrew Leipus and was later seen with an ice pack strapped to his shoulder.
On Monday, the franchise said Lynn had undergone an MRI scan and the results were due in two days’ time.
“It’s unfortunate for Chris to sustain another injury to the shoulder that has troubled him in the past. It’s not the sort of birthday you would wish for, and the best wishes of the club and our fans go out to him.”Andrew McShea, the Brisbane Heat general manager, said.
During the Australian summer, Lynn was a standout player in the BBL and also made his ODI debut for Australia. However, it was also a season blighted with injury, with speculation growing that he may soon choose to opt out of playing first-class cricket and purely pursue Twenty20 roles to lengthen his career.
But he started off opening for KKR and played blistering innings, scoring a fifty just off 19 balls and moved forward scoring a huge total.
Coach Jacques Kallis revealed that Lynn will need a substantial period of rest and it can force him to miss the rest of the tournament. In his column for Times of India, he conveyed,
“We are awaiting the results of the scans to Chris Lynn’s shoulder which he dislocated on the field. It is a notoriously difficult area of the body to heal, so these are nervous times.
“He will undoubtedly need a substantial period of rest, and may even miss the rest of the tournament, which would be desperately disappointing for him and our fans after seeing what he is capable of doing during the first two games.”
In the fourth over of Mumbai Indians’ chase, opener Jos Buttler tried to smash Chris Woakes over mid-off but the ball spooned up in the air and was heading towards the boundary. Chris Lynn, who was fielding at mid-off, chased the ball right till the boundary and put in a big dive but ended up injuring himself.
He was immediately taken off the field and Kolkata went on to lose the game by four wickets. The orange cap holder looked in extreme pain and was rushed on for physio assistance.
Well, missing out power hitters like Andre Russell prior to the beginning was a huge blow for KKR camp but Lynn’s innings gave a hope to the fans and the team for a responsible power hitter. Lynn has been one of Kolkata’s shining stars in the first two matches, as he showed glimpses of what he is capable of in the first match against Gujarat Lions.
The 27-year-old has scored 125 runs in the first two matches of this year’s IPL and is the holder of the orange cap for the leading run scorer in the tournament.
Well, definitely Gautam Gambhir and the team will miss the services of this Assie man and more to the woes absence of a power hitter in the team, but surely news of Umesh Yadav joining the camp prior to their Punjab match will definitely boost up their confidence.